Russia: Honking and flag waving as Crimean Bridge opens to public

Local drivers honked horns and waves the Russian tricolour as they drove across the bridge connecting the Crimean Peninsula with the Krasnodar Region for the first time at 05:30 Moscow time (03:30 GMT) on Wednesday. More than 5,000 vehicles had reportedly made the crossing by midday. Famous Russian motorcycle club the Night Wolves also rode across the recently opened Crimean bridge. The... Еще construction of the 19-kilometre (11.8-mile) bridge, the longest in Russia, has been underway since February 2016. The bridge can accommodate up to 40,000 cars and 47 trains per day, with 14 million passengers and 13 million tonnes of cargo per year. The railway section is expected to open in early 2019.

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